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Military Campaigns of the Beast

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In Revelation, the language of “war” is used metaphorically to portray the attacks of the “beast” against the saints  –  Revelation 11:7 .  The  Book of Revelation  uses the language and imagery of war to illustrate the efforts by Satan and his earthly vassals to destroy the followers of the “ Lamb .” The book shows no interest in conventional or nuclear warfare between nation-states; instead, the “ Dragon ” works nonstop to annihilate the church before his allotted time expires. To achieve victory over believers, he uses deception, compromise, and persecution - [ Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash ].

King and Shepherd

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Jesus is the promised king from the second Psalm who rules from the messianic throne and “shepherds the nations” – Revelation 1:4-6 .  Revelation declares Jesus to be the “ ruler of the kings of the earth .” His installation on the messianic throne was based on his past death and resurrection; it is an accomplished fact . He is the king promised by Yahweh, the one who reigns over the earth from “ Zion . ” But he rules in paradoxical and unexpected ways - [ Photo by Pawan Sharma on Unsplash ].

Lordly Day

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On the isle of Patmos, suddenly, John found himself “in the Spirit,” and projected into the “Day of the Lord” – Revelation 1:9-10 .  W hile exiled on the island of Patmos, John came to be “ in the spirit ,” where he found himself “ in the lordly day ” and received visions about the seven churches of Asia. Though his visions commenced in the first century, ultimately, they culminated in the final judgment, the “ Day of the Lord ,” when the wicked were punished and the righteous vindicated - [ Photo by Michael Busch on Unsplash ].

Great Earthquake

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The final day of wrath is characterized by unprecedented celestial and terrestrial events, including the “great earthquake” – Revelation 6:12-17 .  In four separate passages,  Revelation refers to the coming “ great earthquake ,” and each time, it locates this event at the end of the age, the day of God’s final “ wrath .” Chaos in the heavens and unimaginable seismic shifts on the earth will mark the arrival of the “ Day of the Lord ,” the Great Dénouement when God vindicates His people and punishes His enemies - [ Photo by NOAA on Unsplash ].

Season of Tribulation

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A “tribulation” was coming upon the saints, the “indignation,” such as the people of God had never experienced   -   Daniel 12:1-13 .  The final vision concludes with a description of the terrible “ tribulation ” that would befall the Jewish nation, one more severe than any preceding trial in the history of Israel. When interpreting the passage, we must remember that there were no chapter divisions in the original document penned by Daniel. Contextually, chapter 12 is the continuation of the vision from chapters 10 and 11 - [ Photo by  Torsten Dederichs  on Unsplash ].

Lord of History

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The book of Daniel demonstrates the absolute sovereignty of Yahweh over the course of history and nations .  The very first paragraph of the Book of Daniel introduces its key theme: God reigns supreme over the kingdoms of the earth , whether wicked or just. This proposition is presented in explicit statements and demonstrated by the accurate predictions of the prophet Daniel, especially to the rulers of Babylon and Persia - ( Genesis 11:1-9, Daniel 2:21-45 ,  4:17 ,  5:17-29 ,  11:1-4 ) - [ Photo by Darran Shen on Unsplash ].